JERUSALEM, July 1 (UPI) -- A ritual bath, over 2,000 years old, was discovered under a private residence in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.
The room, or mikvah, found in southwestern Jerusalem's Ein Kerem neighborhood, dates to the Holy Land's Second Temple era, in the first century A.D. It features a stairway carved from rock and an immersion pool surrounded by walls plastered in accordance with then-existing Jewish laws regarding purity and sanitation. It was found by an unidentified family living in the home as they renovated the living room. Fragments of pottery found at the site helped identify the date of the room's construction.